Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will preside over the Rest of the World team at Soccer Aid this summer, with the likes iconic football figures Alessandro del Piero and Edwin van der Sar to be under his tutelage, along with prominent actors such as Jeremy Renner and Santiago Carbrera.
The brainchild of Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, Soccer Aid 2014 will be taking place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, on Saturday June 8 - just four days before the World Cup begins in Brazil.
This will be the fourth instalment of the charity event that brings together stars of sport, film, music and television, while the appointment of Mourinho is arguably the greatest coup Soccer Aid has been able to complete so far.
Mourinho is one of the most illustrious coaches in football history, having won league titles in four different countries - completing the feat with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - and also lifting the Champions League on two occasions.
At Soccer Aid Mourinho’s international side, captained by Michael Sheen, will face an England outfit led by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and featuring Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Teddy Sheringham, while they will be joined by celebrity debutants Matt Smith and Jack Whitehall.
"Thanks to UNICEF for asking me to manage The Rest of the World at Soccer Aid on Sunday June 8th at Old Trafford,” said the Stamford Bridge chief of the event.
“I’m looking forward to beating Robbie Williams' and Big Sam’s England team and raising money for UNICEF. Buy your tickets at manutd.com/socceraid or call 0845 456 2014. See you there, it will be a special night!”
Soccer Aid will be presented by Dermot O’Leary live on ITV and more players will be announced in due course.
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